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Badoney (Droit) Presbyterian Church, Badoney Lower Parish: A Short History to c1900


Badoney (Droit) Presbyterian Church, Badoney Lower Parish: Selected Marriages 1822-1908 & A Short History to c1900
A short extract from History of Congregations (Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast, 1982)

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com


The early history of Presbyterianism here is uncertain. There was a congregation in 1659 ministered to by Rev. William Moorcroft of Ardstraw. In 1672 the Rev. John Rowat was in charge here and at Old Cappagh which is several miles up-river from Mountjoy. According to the minutes of the Laggan Presbytery he was the only minister for many miles around Omagh. Mr. Rowat was one of the eight Presbyterian ministers in Derry City during the Seige. Who succeeded him is not clear but on 26 July 1710, Mr Alexander McCracken (lic. Derry) was ordained; he died on 8 Sep. 1743. He was followed by Mr. Hugh McCracken (lic. Strabane) his son, who was ordained on 4 June 1751 and resigned prior to 1766. He lived at Carrickfergus [Co. Antrim] and in 1774 he appears to have been deposed by the Presbytery of Templepatrick for officiating irregularly at marriage.

In 1768 the Rev. Joseph Coulter (lic. Monaghan) was minister. He is remembered as the minister who overturned the drinking booths that were set up on the meeting house green on Communion Sabbaths. He died in March 1789. His successor was Mr. William Dunlop, who was born at Limavady [Co. Londonderry] and ordained here on 15 March 1790. He was a warm friend of the United Irishmen and ran great risks for that cause. In 1798 he removed to Strabane and died 24 Nov. 1821. Mr. Charles Hemphill, a member of the congregation was next, ordained on 21 Feb. 1799 and had a long ministry until he died on 13 Jan. 1844. Before his death, Mr. Thomas Johnston (lic. Rathfriland) [Co. Down] was ordained as his successor on 15 June 1843 and under his guidance a new church was built on the same site as the old one in the townland of Droit in the Parish of Lower Badoney. To the cost of this, Mr. Daniel O’Connell, the famous Irish politician was a contributor. Mr Johnston died on 1 Sep. 1875.

The next minister, Mr. John Boyd, from Ballymoney [Co. Antrim], a former Covenanter, was ordained on 19 Jan. 1876. He was called to Portaferry [Co. Down] in Sept. 1880 and installed there on 21 Dec. 1880. A new manse was built during his ministry (1877).

The Rev. Jackson McFadden came originally from Bovevagh [Co. Londonderry] but was called here from Ringsend [Co. Londonderry] and installed on 31 May 1881. Mr McFadden had a keen discernment and balanced judgement which made him a valued member of the Judicial Commission for many years. To get his family of five sons and four daughters educated, Mr McFadden took a house in Belfast so that they could attend schools there, and they earned distinction at home and abroad. His sons achieved success in the ministry, medicine and law. His son Rev. Jackson Louden McFadden was minister of Kirkmaiden Parish, Wigtownshire [Scotland]. Mr McFadden Sen., died in May 1938. It was during his ministry in 1884 that Badoney and Corrick were united.

REGISTERS:

The early registers for Badoney have not survived and only the marriage register has been filmed by PRONI, Belfast

Marriages: 1845-1912; Ref. MIC.1P/278

Marriage announcements extracted from the STRABANE MORNING POST, LONDONDERRY STANDARD & LONDONDERRY SENTINEL:

July 30 1822

On the 9th inst. by the Rev. Charles Hemphill, of Badony, the REV. THOMAS HAMILTON, Probationer of Cavanreagh, to MISS CAMPBELL, third daughter of HUGH CAMPBELL, ESQ. of Achilane, county Tyrone

September 2 1837

On 22nd inst., by the Rev. Mr. Hemphill, the REV. JOHN MOORE, Presbyterian Minister, Glenelly, to MARGARET, daughter of MR. JOSEPH McFARLAND, Learden, near Gortin

August 14 1841

On Tuesday, 10th inst., at the house of her father, by the Rev. Mr. Hemphill, Presbyterian Minister of Gortin, MR. JAMES McFARLAND, of Letterbratt, to MISS CAMPBELL, daughter of MR. ANDREW CAMPBELL, of said Place

January 22 1851

Married on 16th inst in the Presbyterian Church, Droit, by the Rev. Thomas Johnston, MR. ARTHUR CRAWFORD, Crosh, to JANE, eldest daughter of the late ROBERT ORR, Droit, near Newtownstewart

November 25 1853

On the 10th inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Badoney, by the Rev. Thomas Johnston, JOHN McFARLAND, ESQ., of Leardin, to MARY JANE, eldest daughter of ANDREW McFARLAND, ESQ., of Colvahullion, near Gortin

January 25 1856

In the Presbyterian Church, Lower Badoney, by the Rev. Thomas Johnson, MR. ANDREW MATHESON, of Leckyburn House, to MRS. ISABELLA SCOTT, of Gortin

December 25 1866

On the 20th December, at Droit Meeting House, by the Rev. Thomas Johnston, WILLIAM HOOD, ESQ., of Straw, to Annie Jane, eldest daughter of ROBERT LYONS, ESQ., of Straw House, Newtownstewart



CIVIL REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES IN IRELAND

BADONEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

#1

August 24 1845

WILLIAM HAMILTON full age bachelor blacksmith Strabane. Father: JOHN HAMILTON farmer

&

ELIZA DUNBAR full age spinster farmer’s daughter Lisleagh. Father: THOMAS DUNBAR farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT GALBRAITH & ALEXANDER ORR

#2

September 16 1845

ALEXANDER COUCHREN full age bachelor no profession Droit. Father: JOHN COCHRAN farmer

&

ISABELLA HUNTER full age spinster no profession Straw. Father: JOHN HUNTER farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM FULTON & ROBERT LYONS

#3

January 15 1846

ROBERT LYONS 27 years widower farmer Straw. Father: HENRY LYONS farmer

&

ANN STEWART 23 years spinster Straw. Father: HAMILTON STEWART doctor

Witnesses: FRANCIS LITTLE & ROBERT HAMILTON

#4

February 5 1846

WILLIAM YORK 25 years bachelor farmer Dunbunraver. Father: WILLIAM YORK farmer

&

JANE CRAWFORD 22 years spinster Droit. Father: HUGH CRAWFORD farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT GALBREATH & HUGH CRAWFORD

#5

July 31 1846

JAMES McCONNELL 18 years bachelor farmer Straw. Father: JAMES McCONNELL farmer

&

MARY STEWART 18 years spinster Killymore. Father: JAMES STEWART farmer

Witnesses: ISAAC ARBUCKLE & JAMES STEWART

#6

October 15 1846

THOMAS McFARLAND 36 years bachelor farmer Carrickon. Father: GEORGE McFARLAND farmer

&

MARGARET McCOLLIM 20 years spinster Ballykeel. Father: ANDREW McCOLLIM farmer

Witnesses: JOHN McCOLLIM & JAMES McCOLLIM

#7

January 28 1847

GEORGE McFARLAND 22 years bachelor farmer Lislap. Father: GEORGE McFARLAND farmer

&

MARY CRAWFORD 21 years spinster Droit. Father: JOHN CRAWFORD farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT GALBREATH & CHARLES POLLOCK

#8

April 23 1847

HUGH CAMPBELL 23 years bachelor farmer Derbragh. Father: WILLIAM CAMPBELL farmer

&

ISABELLA DUDGEON 24 years spinster Laidian [Learden]. Father: ANDREW DUDGEON farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM KING McFARLAND & ANDREW McFARLAND

#9

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#10

August 30 1848

JOHN McCONNELL 20 years bachelor servant Legatagy. Father: GEORGE McCONNELL farmer

&

MARGARET McCONNELL 20 years spinster servant Culvahullion. Father: THOMAS McCONNELL mason

Witnesses: ANDREW MILLAR & JOHN DUDGEON

#11

November 9 1848

JOSEPH ORR 23 years bachelor servant Straw. Father: JOHNSTON ORR farmer

&

ISABELLA HUNTER 21 years widow Straw. Father: JOSEPH HUNTER servant

Witnesses: ROBERT HOOD & WILLIAM FULTON

#12

November 30 1848

WILLIAM McGLAUGHLIN 23 years bachelor farmer. Liscable Father: JOHN McGLAUGHLIN farmer

&

ANN GLENN 18 years spinster Droit. Father: JOSEPH GLENN farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM FULTON & JOHN HAMILTON

#13

January 16 1849

JOHN McFARLAND 24 years bachelor farmer Liscable. Father: JOHN McFARLAND farmer

&

MATILDA SIMPSON 21 years spinster Liscable. Father: JOHN SIMPSON farmer

Witnesses: ANDREW MATHEWSON & JOSEPH SIMPSON

#14

January 24 1849

JOHNSTON ORR 40 years widower weaver Straw. Father: DANIEL ORR farmer

&

SARAH HUNTER 28 years spinster Straw. Father: JOHN HUNTER farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM McFARLAND & THOMAS JOHNSTON

#15

May 24 1849

JAMES ORR 30 years bachelor farmer Droit. Father: GABRIEL ORR farmer

&

REBECCA GALBRATH 24 years spinster Droit. Father: WILLIAM GALBRATH farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT GALBRATH & JOHN McGLAUGHLIN

#16


No entry “Passed over by mistake – see letter of June 20th 1853”

#17

December 7 1849

THOMAS DUNBAR 22 years bachelor shoemaker Lislea. Father: THOMAS DUNBAR farmer

&

SARAH ASHENHURST 18 years spinster Liscable. Father: PATRICK ASHENHURST farmer

Witnesses: JOHN DUNBAR & JOHN HUNTER

#18

January 31 1850

WILLIAM MONTEITH 25 years bachelor farmer Tullyheron. Father: SAMUEL MONTEITH farmer

&

MARY ANNE BOAGS 21 years spinster Douglas. Father: JOHN BOAGS farmer

Witnesses: JOHN McILREA & MOSES KILPATRICK

#19

April 12 1850

MATTHEW BARBER 25 years bachelor farmer Grange. Father: JOHN BARBER farmer

&

ELIZA McCOLLUM 20 years spinster Ballykeel. Father: ANDREW McCOLLUM farmer

Witnesses: JOHN McCOLLUM & JAMES McCOLLUM

#20

July 25 1850

JAMES LEICH 25 years bachelor farmer Dunbunraver. Father: JAMES LEICH farmer

&

MARY COOK 19 years spinster Eskeradoughy. Father: SAMUEL COOK farmer

Witnesses: DANIEL McKELVEY & WILLIAM GALBREATH

#21

July 30 1850

SAMUEL MONTEITH 25 years bachelor farmer Tullyheron. Father: SAMUEL MONTEITH farmer

&

MARGARET MONTEITH 18 years spinster Tullyheron. Father: STEWART MONTEITH farmer

Witnesses: JAMES MONTEITH & ALEXANDER STEWART

#22

October 15 1850

SAMUEL MONTEITH 50 years widower farmer Tullyheron. Father: ROBERT MONTEITH farmer

&

MARY STEWART (or CARSON) 48 years widow Tullyheron. Father: CHARLES STEWART farmer

Witnesses: JAMES MONTEITH & MOSES KILPATRICK

#23

January 1 1851

JOSEPH ARBUCKLE 60 years widower farmer Killymore. Father: JOSEPH ARBUCKLE farmer

&

ANN DAVIS 22 years spinster Killymore. Father: CHARLES DAVIS farmer

Witnesses: DAVID COLHOUN & DAVID STEWART

#24

January 16 1851

ARTHUR CRAWFORD 34 years widower farmer Crosh. Father: CHARLES CRAWFORD farmer

&

JANE ORR 28 years spinster Droit. Father: GILBERT/ ROBERT? ORR farmer

Witnesses: JOHN McGLAUGHLIN & HUGH CRAWFORD

#25

May 6 1851

JAMES ELLIS 26 years bachelor farmer Killymore. Father: WILLIAM ELLIS farmer

&

MARTHA ARBUCKLE 21 years spinster Killymore. Father: ISAAC ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JAMES HAMILTON & ALEXANDER STEWART

#26

September 23 1851

JOSEPH ORR 26 years widower servant Droit. Father: JOHNSTON ORR servant

&

ANN MARSHALL 26 years widow Cappagh. Father: JOHN MARSHALL farmer

Witnesses: JOHN McLAUGHLIN & THOMAS ORR

#27

February 17 1852

ROBERT GALBRAITH 30 years bachelor farmer Droit. Father: ANDREW GALBRAITH farmer

&

JANE McGLAUGHLIN 18 years spinster Gortin. Father: WILLIAM HENRY McGLAUGHLIN farmer

Witnesses: CHARLES BARTON & THOMAS MORRIS

#28

September 28 1852

JOSEPH YOUNG 23 years bachelor servant Straw. Father: WILLIAM YOUNG farmer

&

CATHERINE CALLAGHAN 22 years spinster servant Straw. Father: EDWARD CALLAGHAN servant

Witnesses: ROBERT LYONS & ALEXANDER STEWART

#29

October 27 1852

JAMES DUNBAR full age bachelor servant Lisleagh. Father: THOMAS DUNBAR farmer

&

MARY HARPER full age spinster Learden. Father: THOMAS HARPER .............(profession not given)

Witnesses: JOHN DUNBAR & WILLIAM DUNBAR

#30

November 30 1852

DAVID SMITH 20 years bachelor servant Dearpark. Father: JOHN SMITH farmer

&

ANNE JANE ALEXANDER 18 years spinster servant Droit. Father: JAMES ALEXANDER .......(profession not given)

Witnesses: ROBERT HAWTHORN & JAMES HAMILTON

#31

November 30 1852

NEIL CAMPBELL 25 years bachelor Derbrough. Father: ALEXANDER CAMPBELL farmer

&

ELIZA JANE GALBREATH 22 years spinster Woodbrook. Father: ROBERT GALBREATH farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM CAMPBELL & CLAUDIUS HAMILTON

#32

April 18 1853

WILLIAM McDERMIT 21 years bachelor servant Calkeel. Father: JAMES McDERMIT servant

&

SARAH ANN SCOTT 20 years spinster servant Straw. Father: JOHN SCOTT servant

Witnesses: JAMES McGLAUGHLIN & JAMES JOHNSTON

#33

May 4 1853

JAMES CLARK 40 years bachelor farmer Lignabrade. Father: JOHN CLARKE farmer

&

MARGARY CAMPBELL 28 years spinster Derbrough. Father: WILLIAM CAMPBELL farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM CAMPBELL & WILLIAM CAMPBELL

#34

August 4 1853

THOMAS McCONNELL full age widower mason Colvahillion. Father: JAMES McCONNELL farmer

&

LETTY GALBREATH or HAMILTON full age widower Straw. Father: ROBERT GALBREATH farmer

Witnesses: ANDREW McCONNELL & JOHN HAMILTON

#35

November 10 1853

JOHN McFARLAND 30 years bachelor farmer Learden. Father: ARMOUR McFARLAND farmer

&

MARY JANE McFARLAND 26 years spinster Colvahillion. Father: ANDREW McFARLAND farmer

Witnesses: CHARLES POLLOCK & JOHN HAMILTON

#36

July 6? 1854

SAMUEL HOOD full age widower merchant Newtownstewart. Father: ROBERT HOOD farmer

&

MARGARET FULTON full age spinster Droit. Father: JOHN FULTON farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM FULTON & SAMUEL HOOD

#37

September 7 1854

MATHEW MAGUIRE full age bachelor farmer Skinbuoy. Father: MOSES MAGUIRE farmer

&

JANE STEWART full age spinster Straw. Father: BENJAMIN STEWART farmer

Witnesses: ARTHUR CRAWFORD & JAMES STEWART

#38

September 21 1854

ANDREW McALEIR full age bachelor farmer Rakelly. Father: ANDREW McALEIR farmer

&

SARAH CAMPBELL full age spinster Balentibret. Father: JOHN CAMPBELL farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT WATSON & JAMES JOHNSTON

#39

December 7 1854

WILLIAM FULTON full age bachelor farmer Droit. Father: JOHN FULTON farmer

&

ELIZA CATHERINE GORDON full age spinster Ternydall. Father: JAMES GORDON farmer

Witnesses: GEORGE GORDON & ANDREW MOFFIT

#40

January 12 1855

ROBERT TURNER full age bachelor farmer Beltrim. Father: WILLIAM TURNER farmer

&

ELIZA ROBINSON full age spinster Dunbunraver. Father: WILLIAM ROBINSON teacher

Witnesses: WILLIAM ROBINSON & WILLIAM JOHNSTON

#41

January 18 1855

ANDREW B. McFARLAND full age bachelor farmer Culvahullion. Father: ANDREW McFARLAND farmer

&

MARY McKELVY full age spinster Trinamadin. Father: JOHN McKELVY farmer

Witnesses: JOHN HAMILTON & JOHN McFARLAND

#42

July 5 1855

THOMAS BARBAR full age bachelor servant Droit. Father: ALEXANDER BARBAR farmer

&

MARGARET SCOTT full age spinster servant Droit. Father: JOHN SCOTT farmer

Witnesses: ALEXANDER STEWART & DAVID HAMILTON

#43

December 4 1855

WILLIAM McFARLAND 21 years bachelor servant Kingaragh. Father: ANDREW McFARLAND servant

&

JANE MITCHEL 20 years spinster Learden. Father: JAMES MITCHEL farmer

Witnesses: MOSES McILWAIN & WILLIAM FULTON



Entries transcribed by the late John O. Lyons, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone and supplied by Colin Stewart

10.2.1857

HENRY McFARLAND full age bachelor farmer Liscable. Father: JOHN McFARLAND farmer

&

ESTHER STEWART full age spinster Killymore. Father: JAMES STEWART farmer

Witnesses: ARMOUR MATHESON & ISAAC ARBUCKLE

7.5.1857

ALEXANDER STEWART full age bachelor farmer Killymore. JAMES STEWART farmer

&

MARY ANN CRAWFORD full age spinster Droit. HUGH CRAWFORD farmer

Witnesses: HUGH CRAWFORD & JOSEPH ARBUCKLE

14.5.1857

MATTHEW KYLE full age widower farmer .............? ROBERT KYLE farmer

&

ANN JANE STEWART full age spinster Killymore. JAMES STEWART farmer

Witnesses: ROBERT KYLE & JOHN KYLE

12.10.1858

ARMOUR GRAY full age widower servant Killymore. DANIEL GRAY farmer

&

MARGARET ARBUCKLE full age spinster Liscable. SAMUEL ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM ARBUCKLE & JOHN ARBUCKLE

7.11.1860

ANDREW BARNHILL 21 years bachelor innkeeper Strabane. JOSEPH BARNHILL innkeeper

&

MARY STEWART 21 years spinster Killymore. GEORGE STEWART farmer

Witnesses: JOHN STEWART & MICHAEL STEWART

23.1.1862

EDWARD McPHILLIMY full age bachelor farmer Dunbunraver. Father: JOHN McPHILLIMY farmer

&

ELIZA ARBUCKLE full age spinster Killymore. ISAAC ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JAMES BALLANTINE & DAVID STEWART

20.11.1862

JOSEPH KERR full age bachelor farmer Ballentrain. BENJAMIN KERR farmer

&

MARGARET STEWART full age spinster Killymore. GEORGE STEWART farmer

Witnesses: DAVID STEWART & ALEX. STEWART

19.2.1863

THOMAS KERR full age bachelor farmer Ballentrain. BENJAMIN KERR farmer

&

CATHERINE STEWART full age spinster Killymore. GEORGE STEWART farmer

Witnesses: JAMES STEWART & ISAAC STEWART

28.5.1863

JAMES ARBUCKLE 24 years bachelor farmer Liscable. JAMES ARBUCKLE farmer

&

MARY ANN JOHNSTON 18 years spinster Liscable. SAMUEL JOHNSTON farmer

Witnesses: JOHN ARBUCKLE & SAMUEL JOHNSTON

2.9.1863

JOHN ARBUCKLE 34 years bachelor farmer Liscable. SAMUEL ARBUCKLE farmer

&

MARY ANN SPIER 21 years spinster ........? JOHN SPIER farmer

Witnesses: ALEX. HAMILTON & JAMES WALKER

30.9.1863

ALEXANDER EVENS full age bachelor soldier Newtownstewart. ROBERT EVENS farmer

&

MARY ARBUCKLE full age spinster Liscable. SAMUEL ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: ANDREW HUNTER & JAMES SPIER

1.3.1866

DANIEL McMULLINS full age bachelor farmer Rylands. JAMES McMULLINS farmer

&

MARGARET ARBUCKLE full age spinster Killymore. ISAAC ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JOSEPH ARBUCKLE & WM. McCONNELL

2.7.1872

JOSEPH GALBRAITH 21 years bachelor farmer Cullamoney. WILLIAM GALBRAITH farmer

&

JANE ARBUCKLE 21 years spinster Killymore. JOSEPH ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JAMES ARBUCKLE & JOHN ARBUCKLE

5.6.1873

ROBERT ELLISON full age bachelor farmer Strahulter. OLIVER ELLISON farmer

&

CATHERINE ARBUCKLE full age spinster Killymore. ISAAC ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JAMES ARBUCKLE & JOHN ALISON

1.12.1874

WILLIAM PARK full age bachelor farmer Lignabrad. WILLIAM PARK farmer

&

REBECCA ARBUCKLE full age spinster Ballykeel. JOHN ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: JAMES CLARK & DAVID ARBUCKLE

23.10.1888

ARTHUR ADAMS full age bachelor farmer Eskradooey. ROBERT ADAMS farmer

&

HANNAH ARBUCKLE Spinster full Ballykeel. JOSEPH ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM CAMPBELL & JANE ARBUCKLE

6.9.1894

ARMOUR ROBINSON full age bachelor farmer Altdoghal. STEWART ROBINSON farmer

&

JANE ARBUCKLE full age spinster Newtownstewart. JOSEPH ARBUCKLE farmer

Witnesses: HANNAH ADAMS & JOHN GIBSON

17.5.1900

CHAS. ALEX. STEWART full age bachelor farm labourer Gortin. WILLIAM STEWART farm labourer

&

RACHEL GALBRAITH full age spinster Droit. ANDREW GALBRAITH farmer

Witnesses: ELIZA GALBRAITH & SARAH FULTON

22.5.1902

DAVID J. FULTON full age bachelor farmer Woodbrook. WILLIAM FULTON farmer

&

MARY JANE STEWART full age spinster Killymore. ALEX. STEWART farmer

Witnesses: JOSEPH STEWART & ROBERT HAMILTON

16.6.1908

JOHN GEO. STEWART full age bachelor farmer Inver, Co. Donegal. Father: JAMES STEWART farmer

&

SARAH C. DUNCAN full age spinster Liscable. Father: ALEX. DUNCAN farmer

Witnesses: WILLIAM DUNCAN & ISOBEL DUNCAN



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